Be a Cat! And Discounts for PSVR2

Demeo gets on Vision Pro and it's expensive. Calm meditation comes to Meta Ray Ban glasses

XR = eXtended Reality (everything VR, AR, MR)

📣 If you only read one thing today 📣

😎 You can now be a cat. In VR.

🐈 The new cat simulator I Am Cat is now available in early access on Quest headsets, allowing players to experience life as a feline for $14.99.

🥳 But there’s more:

Discounts for PSVR2 games.

Demeo is on Apple’s Vision Pro.

You can meditate using Meta Ray Ban glasses and Calm.

eXtend your gaming:

Welcome to XR Gamer Digest #21

Discounts and Tips

💰 Sony's "Planet of Discounts" sale offers up to 63% off on top VR games for PlayStation VR 2 until June 6.

XR Games

⚔️ Venture's Gauntlet launched on Quest, Pico, and Steam. It’s an action platformer featuring deadly obstacle courses and a unique locomotion system,

🔫 Retronika, a sci-fi shooter featuring a flying motorcycle and cel-shaded visuals, is set to release on Meta Quest in August 2024.

🌍 POPULATION: ONE announces its largest update, Phoenix Royale, launching on June 6, featuring respawns, new map, and customization options, with a preview weekend starting May 31.

🗡️ You can now play 'Hellblade 2' in VR using Praydog’s UEVR mod, which adds VR support to Unreal Engine games, including the recently released Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II.

🏰 Demeo is now available on Apple Vision Pro with support for fully immersive VR and crossplay across multiple platforms. Quite expensive for an Apple platform, the price is $39.99.

🔫 Sweet Surrender received a major update enhancing visuals and gameplay on Quest 3, Quest 2, and Quest 1, marking its transition from Early Access to Version 1.0.

🥳 Firmament will be released for PSVR 2 later this year, fulfilling the studio's original Kickstarter promise, after nearly 1000 changes and an upgrade to Unreal Engine 5.

🤩 You can now play the PC VR classic Boneworks natively on Meta Quest through a free mod called "Labworks," created by modder volvx.

🥽 Job Simulator and Vacation Simulator have launched on Vision Pro with full hand and eye-tracking support, while Quest users benefit from improved hand tracking for both VR games.

⚔️ Asgard’s Wrath 2 has received a significant graphics update, enhancing textures and shaders for Quest 3, though players must choose between improved visuals or a 90Hz framerate.

🐈 The new cat simulator I Am Cat is now available in early access on Quest headsets, allowing players to experience life as a feline for $14.99.

😭 The VR version of the award-winning mystery adventure The Vanishing of Ethan Carter will be permanently removed from Steam on Friday, May 31, due to lack of support.

XR Entertainment

🧘 Meta has partnered with Calm to offer guided meditations and mindfulness exercises on Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses, along with new hands-free features and styles.

🏃 Meta Quest 2 and 3 now offer fitness bundles featuring LES MILLS BODYCOMBAT, and the game will release its first paid DLC with new workouts and features on May 28.

🤩 Meta's merging of App Lab with the main Quest store has more than tripled the number of discoverable Quest apps, from 660 to over 2,860.

✍️ Pencil has received a major update with new features including a redesigned user interface, carousel lesson guide, lighting controls, and new drawing lesson

XR News

🥽 Meta's new ad campaign for Meta Quest teases upcoming UI features, showcasing virtual panels and gestures not yet available on Quest devices.

🤑 Sinn Studio has raised $2.5M to develop a new real-time PvP VR combat game based on their proprietary Combat Engine and advanced neural network technology.

🧊 Microsoft and Meta are deepening their partnership by bringing "Windows Volumetric Apps" to Quest, allowing Windows apps to extend into 3D space.

👷 Liverpool City is using VR to provide a virtual walkthrough of the £100m Baltic Merseyrail construction project. 

⛑️ The XR healthcare market is projected to grow to $19.6 billion by 2033, driven by technological adoption, R&D investments, and government support.

📺 RayNeo Pocket TV offers up to 5.5 hours of runtime, supports Wi-Fi 6, and includes Google Assistant, games, and apps, all for $179.

🕶️ The XReal Air 2 AR glasses are affordable, comfortable, and feature-rich, making them a great option for those seeking easy-to-use AR technology, according to this review.

Until next time, enjoy your other reality gaming!

Bobby Voicu

P.S.: 🤩 Don’t forget you can get up to 25% discounts when you buy a game from the Meta Quest store. Go here and look for your game (we’re not affiliated with the website, but it’s a great tool).

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Did you know?

Cats have been a part of gaming since forever. Before being a cat in I Am Cat, you could be a cat in a post apocalyptic world in Stray.

In games like Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, you could interact with cats.

In Goat Simulator, you can launch cats as projectiles… which is a bit mean.

This Reddit thread actually has tens of cat games, if you want to scratch that itch…